Final CTP Approaching

We are in the final testing phases of our final CTP ( CTP7 ). ( Think of this as our release candidate! ). CTP7 will be out early next week. I want to discuss a couple of important topics about the upcoming release in this post.

CTP7 Installation Requirements

In order to ready ourselves for RTM, CTP7 will now require a retail version of Visual Studio Team Suite ( VSTS ) or the trial version of VSTS ( found here ). Why is this? That is how our evaluation process will work once released. If a customer is looking to evaluate VSTS or any role based product in the suite, they are required to download the VSTS trial bits. We are very close to releasing the product, so we are essentially providing you access to CTP7 in evaluation mode. Be warned: the VSTS trial bits are a hefty download!

New Features

There are a few small ( but important! ) features that we have put into CTP7 ( along with continued bug fixing and perf improvements ) that I do want to mention. The first one is the ability to control how many warnings / errors you want to see at one time in your error and warnings tool window. If you select Tools->Options... and then select Database Tools->Design-time Validation Database, you'll see this dialog:

Max Errors Option Fill in whatever number you'd like. The default is 200.

Along the same lines, we have put in the ability to suppress warnings via a text box on the Build tab of your database project. Just type in a comma separated list of warning you do not want to see in your Error List window ( don't include the "TSD" prefix in the text box, just the numbers ).

Suppress Warnings

Another feature we squeezed in is the ability to assign different properties to individual objects in your project that differ from the default properties specified in the database project properties tab ( right click on the database project node and select "Properties" ). Specifically, in CTP7 we now allow you to override the project settings that control the ANSI Nulls and Quoted Identifiers settings. See the image below.

Object level property overrides 

Also understand that we are committed to preserving compatibility between projects created in CTP6 on up, all the way through RTM.

As usual, any questions, please let me know!


Comments (13)
  1. Rob Caron says:

    The English Team Edition for Database Professionals docs are now available online in the MSDN Library.

  2. Cameron,

    The whole story around datadude and VSTS licensing needs clearing up. There’s questions on the forum about it and I don’t think they’ve been answered sufficiently.

    I humbly admit that I get lost between the myriad of Visual Studio SKUs.

    -What do I need in order to install datadude?

    -Does having VS Pro constitute having VSTS? I have v8.0.50727.42 (RTM.050727-4200)

    -How much does VSTS cost?

    -Are there any flavours of MSDN subscription that will cover getting datadude?

    Microsoft’s clarification of this (VSTS in general, not just datadude) needs to be alot clearer.


    Jamie Thomson

  3. Hey Jamie,

    Have you had a chance to look at this link for pricing? It has details in regards to existing MSDN subscriptions and what have you.

    Or how about the licensing white paper found here?

    ( This paper has not been updated with DBPro content yet, but the concepts are the same. )

    Please understand that DBPro is the fourth role in the suite and as such, behaves exactly the same as the other roles in regards to licensing and pricing.

    All that said, there are efforts underway to make all this more clear!



  4. Team Data CTP7 is now Live! Download it here . Check out Cameron’s blog post to find out exactly what

  5. From the Team Data Blog: Please follow this link to get our final CTP before release! Please be sure…

  6. From the Team Data Blog : Please follow this link to get our final CTP before release! Please be sure

  7. Only 2 weeks has passed since Microsoft released CTP6 and now CTP 7 of Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals aka "Data Dude" is here. This is the first release candidate and is expected to be the last CTP before release of the full version.

  8. Cameron,

    Thanks, it kinda helps.

    I guess part of my problem is understandig the positioning of Team Suite and how it differs from VS Pro. I’m afraid I just don’t get it (yet). I don’t take all the blame for this – I tend to think Microsoft have made this very unclear because of all the differernt SKUs.


  9. Rob Caron says:

    The latest CTP of Team Edition for Database Professionals is now available for download. For more information,

  10. Cameron,

    The whitepaper at is really useful actually. That has helped clear my mind  quite a bit. You might want to post a permenant link to that in a new blog post (and also speak to the authors about updating it for Datadude).

    Thanks for that.

  11. Thanks Jamie. Folks are already working on the content to include Datadude. Should be done shortly.

  12. Johan Danforth on [Team System] Displaying Document Folders in the Quick Launch Bar. Cameron Skinner…

  13. Rob Caron says:

    Team Edition for Database Pros – CTP 7 shipped earlier this month, which is the de facto Release Candidate

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